Hiring a licensed NYC area electrician
To make sure you’re hiring a qualified electrician in the New York City tri-state area, take a look at the following licensing requirements:
New York City
Electricians must provide documentation that they meet all the eligibility requirements of section 27–3010 of the Administrative Code, including being older than 21 years of age; having a minimum of 10,500 hours of experience earned under the supervision of a master or special electrician in 7 1/2 years over a 10-year period; and must be of acceptable character and fitness.
The Board of Examiners of Electrical Contractors in New Jersey requires license applicants to be 21 years of age or older, have a high school diploma or equivalent, and experience and/or post-secondary degrees. Applicants must also pass an exam.
As always, when hiring a contractor, make sure you get at least three estimates, check references, insurance and bonding, as well as licensure.
The Department of Consumer Protection’s Occupational & Professional Licensing Division offers several types of electrician's licenses, including unlimited and limited general licenses for contractors and journeymen as well as specialized licenses for those in low-voltage and telephone work.
To qualify for the annually renewable licenses, a contractor must have a minimum of two years’ experience and is required to pass an exam.